Meaning of pottle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɒtl/


  • 1 archaic A measure for liquids equal to a half gallon.

    ‘The bird was then pounded in a mortar, distilled with a lot of sack - a pottle was half a gallon, or four pints - and the milk.’
    • ‘In 1639 an English consumer paid one penny for a pottle of milk.’
    • ‘The recipe in ‘Proper newe’ calls for eight eggs and a pottle of cream.’
    1. 1.1A pot or container holding a measure for liquids equal to a half gallon.
  • 2 archaic A small conical punnet for strawberries or other fruit.

    ‘In this case, Herbert is carrying a pottle of strawberries, so the basket reference is probably the correct one.’
    • ‘When you purchase a pottle take care, disreputable vendors often stuff the bottom with paper or overripe berries.’
    1. 2.1New Zealand A small plastic or cardboard food container.
      ‘a pottle of apricot yogurt’
      • ‘Once I move a little way away from the fresh produce, however, and into the cans, bottles, pottles, plastics, and packets, ‘buying local’ becomes much more difficult.’
      • ‘As I dry the last of the ex-takeaway plastic pottles, I'm entranced by the effort required to eat without hands.’
      • ‘Possibly earlier if an additional 6.3 million pottles of yoghurt are eaten for breakfast.’
      • ‘We gave up and bought little ice cream pottles at the service station.’
      • ‘Her talent for cosmetic embellishment and reinvention extended far beyond pottles of skin cream.’
      • ‘Had she not been confronted with it even once during the course of the day, selling countless dozens of pottles?’
      • ‘No chance, this was a pottle of yoghurt, New Zealand-style, and entirely different from the fermented milk sold across the ditch.’


Middle English (in pottle (sense 1 of the noun)): from Old French potel ‘little pot’, diminutive of pot.